Bishop to preach at historic Tulsa-Wesley for centennial

12/10/2010

At a Tulsa church that was burned to the ground during race riots in 1921, a three-day Christmas revival will be opened by Oklahoma’s first African-American United Methodist bishop

As historically black Wesley UMC completes its centennial year, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. will preach at 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

Now known as Wesley Chapel Praise and Worship Center, the church is at 2750 N. Cincinnati. Current minister Chris Beach is Wesley’s first white pastor.

On Dec. 13, Darlene Johnson will preach. She is an associate at Tulsa-Asbury UMC. Jesse Gist, pastor at House of Glory, will preach Dec. 14.

Both services begin at 6 p.m.

A Christmas gift and food distribution is also part of the revival.

Founded in 1910, Wesley lists a number of initiatives for 2011. Among them: a camp for disadvantaged children, a seniors program, a playground, and a restaurant that will educate children about food and teach best business practices.

www.wesleyministrycenter.org


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